Family home in beautiful country setting rich with literary heritage.

Family home in beautiful country setting rich with literary heritage.




Sep 2012

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5 Bedrooms
Sleeps 10
3 Bathrooms

About our home

We live in a large detached house, a new rebuild of an old farmhouse, with a garden of approximately 1 acre. The house is light, with stunning views of the countryside and moorland beyond from every room.

The house has recently been fully restored and we have a large kitchen diner with quartz work surfaces, a breakfast bar and mod cons, a picture window overlooking the garden and valleys and moors beyond, and windows all around. We have a large sitting room with floor length windows onto the garden, a woodburning stove and lots of modern art. The washing machine and dryer are in the utility room. We have a shabby conservatory which will be replaced with a new and hopefully stylish aluminium conservatory in October 2015, a study with a piano and a double sofa bed, and a playroom with a table tennis table.

We have 5 double bedrooms with double beds and one twin. All the rooms are large. All the bathrooms are new with power showers, and also baths in the main bathroom and the guest en suite. We also have a downstairs loo.

The garden has a lovely lavender fringed cottage garden, a flat lawn with a gravel area and swings, including a 3-4 child swing, a very small stream, a sloping field, woodland and a large trampoline with a safety net. There are trees to climb. We have lots of birds in the garden, including two resident woodpeckers, lots of finches and a barn owl. There are deer in the woods below. We sometimes have cattle in the fields around the house.

The house is warm and cosy in winter and captures all the light. In summer we have about 40 minutes of additional daylight compared with Hebden Bridge in the valley below.


More about us

  1. We are a family of three. I am an educational psychologist, and my two daughters, aged 17 years and 20 years are students. We have a cat, Houdini, and a dog, Jinty. (They can go and stay with friends or we are happy to pet swap) We will be very careful with your home, as we are sure you will be with ours.
    We have done three house swaps through a different website,and are keen to try try house swapping abroad.

    I love cycling and am happy to for you to use my mountain bike and road bike (cleats). We also have an Isla Bike suitable for a teenager. swap our mountain and road bikes with you also. I'm happy to leave my car (5 year old Nissan Note is we can arrange insurance).

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Where is it?


We live above Crimsworth Dean, on the outskirts of Hebden Bridge. We are within walking distance of Wuthering Heights, the farmhouse immortalised by Emily Bronte, and the landscape is wildly beautiful. There are some lovely swimming holes in the stream which runs through the valley, including Lumb Falls, which is identified in the handbook Wild Swimming. There are some others which are much less known which we you will have to yourself.

The mountain biking is really excellent round here, as is the walking, with miles and miles of footpaths and open moorland. You can walk to Haworth, birthplace of the Bronte sisters, have tea in the worlds best tea shop (honestly - the cakes are unbelievable, as is the tea and coffee ( No. Ten, Haworth)

Hebden Bridge, our local town, only a mile down the hill, is fames as the world's fourth funkiest place, according to British Airways (really - in the in flight magazine). It's full of quirky shops, cafes, an independent cinema with home made cakes and mugs of tea, the Trades Club which hosts good music, including Andy Sheppard in the past and Patti Smith next week.

Just up the hill from Hebden Bridge is Heptonstall, a cobbled 15th century village which affords a couple of hours of gentle ambling. King David Hartley, notorious counterfeiter is buried in the old churchyard, and Sylvia Plath is buried in the new. Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes spent a couple of years of their unhappy marriage here. Ted Hughes was born here and the poems from his volume"Elmet' are based here, including a beautiful poem about mothers galloping their souls in Crimsworth Dean.

There's another fascinating ancient village, Wycoller, nearby. Luddenden and Midgely are lovely.

Within 10 miles there's Saltaire, a world heriatege site, home of Titus Salt industrailist and philanthropist, including Salt's Mill, now owned by David Hockney with a gallery, lovely shops and a great cafe. The Piece Hall at Halifax is also a world heritage site. Further afield, Manchester, Leeds and York are all an easy train ride away and Skipton, at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, has one of the best castles in Britain.

The world class Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Gallery are within 45 minutes drive.

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